Okay. I did some digging into Long Serving Player disounts and this is what I have discovered.
In 2003 it was introduced and the NRL stated that
Long Serving Player Allowance introduced to encourage clubs to retain players who have served a continuous period of ten years in first grade. This $100,000 allowance lifted the effective cap to $3.55m.
Then in 2006 the NRL lowered the criteria stating
Reduction in qualifying period for veteran players from 10 to 8 years under Long Serving Player Allowance.
So they don’t explicitly say the player has to play for one club for the 8 year period, so quite a few player should be eligible for the 2019 season onwards. Here is the current playing roster and when they debuted and when they would be eligible. Judging by this there should be about 7 eligible players. (from what I can work out) and a few players should be eligible later in their contracts. That being said, the allowance it $100,000 (I can’t see if it has increased over time).
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